Sci-Tech

China completes Mars lander test ahead of 2020 mission

HUAILAI, China (AFP) — China on Thursday completed a test of its Mars exploration lander ahead of Beijing’s first mission to the red planet slated for 2020. Beijing is pouring billions into its military-run space program, with hopes of having …

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The voyage home: Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe to head for Earth

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Japan’s Hayabusa-2 probe will leave orbit around a distant asteroid and head for Earth on Wednesday after an unprecedented mission, carrying samples that could shed light on the origins of the Solar System. Science and Education …

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Social media disinformation, surveillance growing: watchdog

By Rob Lever Agence France-Presse WASHINGTON, DC (AFP ) — Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday. An annual …

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Boeing successfully tests Starliner space capsule abort system

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule successfully performed an emergency abort test Monday, meeting a key requirement before it can take US astronauts to the International Space Station as early as next year. The test took place …

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Google buying Fitbit in move into wearables, digital health

By Rob Lever Agence France-Presse Google agreed Friday to buy Fitbit for $2.1 billion in a move giving the US tech giant a fresh entry in the wearable technology space and helping it ramp up its challenge to Apple. The …

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Google in smartphone push with motion-sensing Pixel 4

  By with Glenn Chapman in San Francisco / Daniel Hoffman Agence France-Presse NEW YORK, NY (AFP) — Google on Tuesday unveiled its newest Pixel handsets, aiming to boost its smartphone market share with features including gesture recognition that lets …

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What’s that sound? A “Marsquake” heard by NASA

WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — NASA on Tuesday released two audio clips of seismic activity on Mars after an “exquisitely sensitive” detector was set down on the planet’s surface late last year. The quakes, far too quiet to be picked …

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First Arab set for ISS says voyage will make ‘history’

MOSCOW, Russia (AFP) — The Emirati astronaut who will make history by becoming the first Arab on the International Space Station said Tuesday he had received support from around the world before his “dream” mission. Hazzaa al-Mansoori, 35, is set …

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Facebook taps London police to track terror livestreams

By Dmitry Zaks Agence France-Presse LONDON, UK (AFP) — Facebook on Tuesday teamed up with the London police to help its artificial intelligence tools track livestreams of terror attacks such as the New Zealand mosque massacre. In March, a self-professed …

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Samsung to launch foldable smartphone after major delay

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — Tech giant Samsung has said it will launch its hotly anticipated first foldable smartphone on Friday, months after faulty screens forced an embarrassing delay of its release. The world’s largest smartphone maker spent nearly eight …

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New Huawei handset to launch without Google apps

SAN FRANCISCO, United States (AFP) — Huawei’s upcoming flagship Mate 30 smartphone will launch next month without key Google apps, creating a disadvantage for the Chinese tech giant hit by US sanctions. A Google spokesperson confirmed Thursday that the California …

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In first, brain waves detected in lab grown mini-brains

  WASHINGTON, D.C. (AFP) — Scientists have picked up electrical activity in pea-sized, lab-grown brains for the first time, paving the way to model neurological conditions and answer fundamental questions on how our gray matter develops. It’s not clear whether …

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